Start. Eating. Parsley. Now. + Easy Tabouli Recipe

parsleyWhat’s up with North Americans being  soooooo darn scared to try new foods  outside of our comfort zone??  Don’t you find it funny that so many of us are simply terrified to try something new, like its somehow going to make us drop dead if we (gasp) take a bite?

So parsley probably isn’t  the most foreign flavour you thought I was going to talk about (but it is a good baby step towards more intense ones) , yet I think it is so worth mentioning because if you were anything like me growing up, you probably didn’t eat very much of it, except to push the garnish around on your plate at a restaurant, and you certainly would never think of making  a salad completely out of the stuff.  But did you know that in Middle Eastern cuisine, parsley is a staple green that is used on a daily basis, sort of like the way we use lettuce in North America.   Parsley not only adds an intense and distinguishing flavour to their food, but it also has some amazing health benefits to boot, that I think you need to start reaping, immediately.

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Why You Should Be Eating The King of All Veg- KALE! + An Amazing Raw Marinated Kale Salad

IMG_7580Kale is one of my all time-favorite veggies.  Okay, maybe not ‘all-time’, as I really only discovered its existence about 5 years or so…but during that time, it has since taken top position in my veggie repertoire.   What I love most about it, is its simplicity and versatility- I adore eating it raw, sauteed, juiced, blended (with other goodies), or baked- plus it is one of the easiest  and hardiest veggies to grow in your home garden (I swear this stuff would grow through a snow storm).  Above, you can see two varieties of kale that my husband grew in our garden this summer.  My personal fav, is called dinosaur kale (it’s the kale with the long and narrow leaves).

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A Delicious Long Weekend Indulgence- Watermelon Margaritas

534813_10100686358604377_463595299_nOkay, so you are probably wondering why I am posting on an alcoholic beverage, seeing as this is supposed to be a Health & Beauty blog, and we all know that alcohol is not healthy, nor does it make you beautiful (although you might think you look like a supermodel if you drink enough of it).  But I figured, heck, seeing as we are coming up on a long weekend, and long weekends often involve drinking fun- then we mine as well choose the lesser of two evils and attempt to drink a somewhat (I know it’s a bit of a stretch) healthier beverage than your average super sugary cocktail.

My university roommates and I made this frozen watermelon margarita (to the right of the screen) during our annual reunion last month and I have to say- it’s amazing.  It’s refreshing, light, and the colour is so summery and gorgeous that I just had to blog about it.  We took the original recipe from the PC website, but I have tweaked it below, in order to make it less sugary, and therefore making it (ever so) slightly healthier :)

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Quick Tip: The Easiest Way To Seed A Pomegranate

pomegranate-seeds1As you may have figured from my post earlier this week– I am kind of a major super-fan of the mighty pomegranate.  Not only are they a nutritional powerhouse, but they are simply one the tastiest fruits I have ever eaten.  Unfortunately, pomegranates are also one of the most annoying fruits to eat, as they are a)  tedious to pick through, and b) so juicy that the red stuff often stains my clothing, making me very sad :(

Well, if you find that you are in the same dilemma, let me show you the best way I have found to seed the fruit in about a minute, without getting any stains, anywhere! Yes, the pomegranate Gods have answered my prayers :)

You’re welcome.

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POMtastic: They Don’t Call Pomegranates a SuperFood For Nothin’

pomegranates“You need not spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetic counter; you can avoid wrinkles simply by placing healthy choices on your plate” – Allison Tannis, M.S., R.H.N

I decided to start off this post with that awesome quote by Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles (a great read for anyone interested in how food makes you beautiful) because I think it is such an important concept that most of us tend to overlook.  I am always shocked by the amount of money some people will willingly spend on an anti-wrinkle cream in hopes that it will bring them the fountain of youth (…but to no avail), and yet they chow down daily on garbage that comes from a processed source.  Where is the logic? Here is the simple fact.  You are what you eat, and what you eat has a major role in how youthful you look.

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Cha Cha Cha Chia! Why You Should Be Chowing Down On The Almighty Chia Seed

IMG_7629The only thing I knew about chia seeds (before I found out they were healthy to consume) was that I used them back in grade 4 to make my beloved Chia Pet grow long and luscious grassy ‘hair’.  In case you didn’t already know, these little seeds do more than just grow chia hair, they are actually an amazing Superfood that have been eaten for centuries by the Indians of the south-west and Mexico.  They were even consumed by Aztec warriors during their long conquests to increase their endurance- and I figure, if chia was good enough for the Aztecs, then chia is probably good enough for me.  You can eat chia seeds in your daily smoothie, baked goods, or even in a glass of water (soaked for about 20 minutes, see below).

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Why Cauliflower Is So Amazing + Quick & Easy Cauli-Mash to Subside Your Mashed Potato Cravings

thThis is a super quick, easy, and nutritious cauliflower-mash recipe that I created as a substitution for standard mashed potatoes.  Although I do adore mashed potatoes, I often find them overly heavy and rich due of the copious amounts of butter and cream which are used in most recipes.  This is perfect for those times when all you want is creamy, smooth, comfort food- but without all the heaviness.  What’s great about this type of recipe is that it is open to interpretation, so you can add or adjust the flavours depending on your tastes.  Please note that I do use a couple sweet potatoes (higher in nutrients than your standard spud) in this recipe, simply as a way to bind the ingredients and make it taste smooth, not chunky.  The bulk of the recipe is still organic cauliflower. Make it as a side for dinner and then bring the left-overs for lunch the next day- as this recipe will yield quite a bit.

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The Perfect Addition To Your Morning Ritual- Why Lemon Water Is Amazing

lemonwaterI know a few people who are Holistic Nutritionists and I swear that everyone of those individuals has told me that the first thing they were taught in school, was to drink lemon water- first thing, every morning, every day. 

Before I even started delving into the reasons why adding this drink to my morning ritual was so beneficial,  I went out and bought a bunch of lemons and started drinking the stuff everyday, as I figured it seemed like a pretty simple, cheap (probably less then 25 cents a day, give or take) and beneficial thing to do for my health.   I have personally always loved lemon water- its’ refreshing quality, its’ zestiness (is that even a word?), and its’ tanginess,  were all qualities I had always adored- but once I got into the habit of freshly squeezing half a lemon into a glass of water each and every day- I noticed something…I felt more energized!  I now drink lemon water in either hot or cold water, first thing when I wake up, before I start my day.  Below are just a few of the beautiful reasons why I think fresh lemon juice in your water will rock your world too:

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Green is for Gorgeous: Why You Should Be Drinking More Green Tea.

green teaFor me, beauty doesn’t just come from a bottle or a pot of expensive cream.  Oh sure, the latest cream on the market or that great new foundation may provide you with some immediate gratification in the way you look- but in reality, I think that long term, ageless beauty, comes from treating our bodies with a ton of respect, by feeding it the most natural food possible and by drinking antioxidant rich beverages on a daily basis.  Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably well aware that green tea (or any tea for that matter) is a great choice to sip on. There has been so much talk in the media that supports the drinking of green tea in order to prevent a multitude of diseases, including cancer.  But did you also know that drinking Green Tea packs a serious beauty punch as well?  That’s right, you can drink yourself pretty with this tasty beverage.  So before you grab your usual ‘cup of Joe’, consider these reasons for drinking more Green Tea…you mirror will be smiling back at you, I promise :)

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